It Begins. Man Sets Himself on Fire at National Mall
Park Police officials tell NBC Washington a man may have set himself on fire at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Friday afternoon.
The incident was reported around 4:30 p.m. at the corner of Jefferson Drive and 7th Street SW, near the Air and Space Museum.
Witnesses told NBC Washington’s Mark Segraves they saw a man pouring gasoline on himself, then possibly setting himself on fire. Several joggers nearby ripped their shirts off in an attempt to subdue the flames.
The man was airlifted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he is in critical condition.
The incident comes a day after Capitol Police shot and killed an unarmed woman following a high-speed chase that started outside the White House, where she had tried to ram a gate with her car.
In Tunisia a street vendor set himself on fire in 2010 due to the economy starting the Arab Spring protests.